Sobre Barca d'Alva

From Barca D'Alva you can already see Spain. Here begins the Portuguese Douro and the beauty that makes it such a unique river. This border region belongs to the municipality of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo and is integrated in the Douro International Natural Park.

Known for being one of the most typical localities in Portugal, Barca D'Alva served as a refuge and inspiration for Guerra Junqueiro, who for several years owned Quinta da Batoca, once one of the largest of the Douro.

Natural beauty of the almond trees

Region of unique landscapes, the beauty of Barca D'Alva is not, however, to be found in the green of the banks or the serenity of the river. Between late February and early March, the village is bathed in white and light pink that come with the blossoming of the almond trees, thus marking the beginning of spring. It is during this time that the Festa do Almendro is  celebrated, a tradition over 70 years old that crosses over the banks of the river onto spanish territory.

Railways that carry History

The train station of Barca D'Alva operated between 1887 and 1988. Although abandoned, the secular structure resists the passage of time and the changing of the seasons, preserving many pieces of its history.

For the more adventurous, the trip to Pocinho is made on foot, following the inactive section of the line. These walks keep gaining more and more followers, which are taken by a mix of emotions: the astonishment and the charm that comes with witnessing the natural beauty of the region, and an almost anguish by the degradation of the line, which is slowly being swallowed by the wild vegetation.

Points of interest in the area:

Train station of Barca D'Alva

Walking on the inactive part of the railway line

Festa do Almendro